Epilepsy refers to a tendency to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is a temporary disturbance in brain function affecting mental and physical functions. During a seizure, disturbances of nerve cell activity produce symptoms that vary depending on which part and how much of the brain is affected.
Seizures lasting a few seconds to a few minutes may produce changes in awareness and other changes in behavior lasting much longer than the actual seizure. Seizures have different symptoms from convulsions and loss of consciousness to blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs.
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One in ten adults will have a seizure during his or her lifetime.
Epilepsy may arise when there are disruptions to the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain. Some disruptions and changes may develop early in life or be hereditary factors and relate to early exposure. Others may be acquired later. Here are some possible causes of epilepsy:
- Oxygen deprivation during childbirth
- Brain infections such as meningitis, encephalitis
- Traumatic brain injury or head injury
- Stroke resulting from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain
- Other neurologic diseases like Alzheimer disease
- Brain tumors
- Certain genetic disorders
However, in almost two-thirds of epilepsy cases, the underlying cause is not identified.
Following the emergence of the Mylan generic epilepsy drug on the market, complaints-from consumers, consumer watchdog groups, and the medical community-came pouring in, not only to the Food & Drug Administration but to numerous consumer and special interest groups. Patients whose seizures had been effectively controlled for months if not years were experiencing seizures shortly after being switched to the Mylan generic epilepsy drug. Such events are referred to as breakthrough seizures. Breakthrough seizures can be particularly devastating to individuals whose epilepsy had been successfully treated for years.
Have you or a loved one suffered needlessly from breakthrough seizures because of taking Mylan generic epilepsy drug? If the answer is yes, please contact Anapol Schwartz personal injury law firm to find out if you qualify for a Mylan generic epilepsy drug lawsuit. Your consultation is complimentary and confidential.